line officer

  1. a military or naval officer serving with combatant units or warships, as distinguished from a staff officer, supply officer, etc.

Origin of line officer

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50

Words Nearby line officer Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use line officer in a sentence

  • "B" company being taken over by Capt. Branthwaite, a recently joined 2nd line officer.

  • As senior line officer aboard, I'm assuming command for the rest of the voyage.

    The Syndic | C.M. Kornbluth
  • I watched the field surgeons gather about a young line officer brought in with a shot through his neck.

    The Boss of Little Arcady | Harry Leon Wilson
  • The volume of business will usually warrant making him a line officer with the rank and title of assistant general manager.

  • The first line officer needed no staff, because he had time to think as well as act for himself.